Following the threats of the global pandemic, the Euro 2020 hasbeen postponed until the summer of 2021. The most glorious 24-team European Championship will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021. It means, the Women’s European Championship, set to be held in England in 2021, will be moved to the summer of 2022, according to the Danish FA.
Although UEFA and the English Football Association are yet to confirm the move, the Danish Football Association said it had been agreed during a video conference between member nations last week. The tournament was expected to be shifted after the men’s European Championship and the Tokyo Olympics were both postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Three European teams – England, the Netherlands and Sweden – have already qualified for the Olympics. Moving the women’s tournament for a year will avoid conflict of schedule as two women’s tournaments in the same summer will happen next year. UEFA has said previously that there is no “formal decision has been made”, yet a postponement to 2022 is a “likely option.”
Previously, Norwegian FA announced the postponement of men’s European Championship long before UEFA’s confirmation. Earlier this week, the Danish FA statement read: “The women’s Euros and the [men’s] Under-21 European Championship is moved from the summer of 2021 to the following summer because of the fact that both the Olympics and the men’s Euros will take place in the summer of 2021.”
England women’s manager Phil Neville, whose contract expires in 2021, was set to lead what will be a Great British Olympics squad in Tokyo and the women’s Euros. The Football Association is yet to admit whether Neville will extend his contract beyond next summer. European football’s governing body announced a series of decisions about its competitions last week.
The UEFA has announced last week, following a video conference meeting with all its 55 members, that “all national team matches for men and women due to be played in June 2020 are postponed until further notice”, including Euro 2020 play-off matches, Champions League, Europa League and qualifying matches for UEFA Women’s EURO 2021.
“All other UEFA competition matches, including the centralised international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice,” the statement added. The UEFA executive committee has also decided to suspend certain aspects of club licensing provisions due to the “increasing uncertainty generated by the on-going extraordinary events”.
The postponement of the tournament will ease pressure on the qualifying calendar. England have qualified for the women’s Euros as hosts while, Scotland are second in Group E, Wales are second in Group C, which also contains Northern Ireland in fourth place, and Republic of Ireland are top of Group I. The group winners and three best runners-up will join the Lionesses in the final tournament.